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THE JEWISH SOUTH.
Michinski fell dumbfounded on the sands. For
several moments he could not move his lips.
" Blessed art Thou, Oh God of Israel, for Thine in
finite kindness," at length muttered the hoary-headed
man. "With Rabbi Akibah of the Talmud I have
always held: 'All that the Lord doeth is done for the
best.'"
"Come now," warmly continued Novolski. "Come
into my conveyance, and before sunset we will be in
Danzig. To morrow is Sabbath. You will attend
the service, be called up to the Reading of the Law,
and publicly thank God for having spared your lite."
This kindly suggestion was carried out, and Rabbi
Herschel's miraaculous deliverance was in the mouth
of every Jew in Danzig.
The sad news of the fate of the " Baltic " reached
Vilkavisk, but it was not until the week of mourning
for the good rabbi had far advanced that a letter
reached the eldest son of Herschel, written by the old
man himself, setting forth the circumstances of his
providential escape. There was no Kaddish recited
that morning. Never was there a more sudden
change from sorrow to joy, from mourning to exul
tation. Every member of the family, and a good
many friends besides, forthwith proceeded to Danzig,
and after seven days' rejoicing and thanksgiving,
the pious Herschel once more set sail for the sacred
land far off .—London Jewish World.
A new story is told of Sir Walter Scott. It seems
that he was not a brilliant scholar, and was usually
at the foot of the class. After he became famous he
one day dropped into the old schoolhouse. The
teacher, anxious to make an impression, put the pu
pils so as to show them to the best advantage. After
awhile Scott said: "But which is the dunce? You
have one surely. Show him to me."
The teacher called up a poor fellow who looked
the picture of woe as he bashfully came toward the
distinguished visitor.
"Are you the dunce? " asked Scott.
"Yes, sir," said the boy.
"Well, my good fellow," said Scott, "here is a
crown tor you for keeping my place warm."— Chicago
Inter. Ocean.
This story is told about Baron Oppenheim, the
wealthy banker of Cologne, who, although a Christ
ian of the third generation, never denies his Jewish
origin, no matter where he happens to be. Lately a
French financier, also of Hebrew extraction and _a
native of a little Ger nan town, though naturalized
in France, paid him a visit at his Cologne counting
house, bent on a large stroke of business in which he
needed the aid of Baron Oppenheim, whose financial
influence along the Rhine is almost paramount. He
sent in his card. The bit of pasteboard almost sup
pressed the real name of the caller, which was Cohn,
but added to the mere C of the Cohn a long and
flowing title, more or less fictitious, thus, " Le Baron
C. de Point Figuier." Baron Oppenheim took the
card, smiled a quiet smile and then bade his caller
welcome and proceeded to discuss business with him.
The next day he returned the French financier's visit
and sent in his card on which was printed "Le
Baron O. de Cologne."
The following is a true story told of a Mr. Otti
well Wood, who was a minister of the gospel, and
whose son, Mr. John Wood, for many years chair
man of the Board of Inland Revenue, vouched for its
correctness. Mr. Wood had to appear as a witness
in a North Country assize court, and was asked and
gave his name in due course. " What ?" asked the
judge peevishly, being rather deaf. Mr. Wood re
peated his answer. "Can't hear you; spell it out,"
snapped the judge. "O, double T, I, double U, E,
double L, double U, double 0, D." The judge threw
down his pen in despair.— Household Words.
The Johannesburg correspondent of the London
Jewish Chronicle writes:
"Dr. Hertz, the new ray of the old congregation,
is the most-talked-of man of the moment, and it was
only on the fourth occasion of my trying to get a
seat to listen to his preaching that I was successful.
Notwithstanding the great courtesy of all connected
with the management, there were so many people in
the doorway that one could not pass through, and
once inside, the place was found packed, and this has
been the same every day since the new ' ray' arrived
here."
West Turkestan is thinly populated, and has
few schools. The Russian government has now fit
ted up as schools a few railroad carriages, which re
main at each station for a few weeks. The teacher
lives in the carriage. The children are required to
learn a lesson or two until the itinerant school again
reaches their neighborhood.
Low living and high thinking will produce better
men than high living and low thinking.
The average man lets good opportunities go by
while waiting for a better one.
The average woman has more listening than
speaking acquaintances.
The life work of a wise man may be destroyed by
a fool in a day.
Labor's worst enemy is the working man who
won't work.
No one has discovered a sure cure for laziness.
Job Printing neatly and promptly done.
•WANTED.—A GERMAN LADY CAPABLE OF
• * taking- care of household and qualified in bringing- up
motherless children, WISHES A POSITION. Good
references. Address 8., care The Jewish Soi th.

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